Con­struc­tion com­pa­nies ac­cused of col­lu­sion

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A REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVE of one of the six fur­ni­ture re­movals firm ap­pear­ing be­fore the Com­pe­ti­tion Tri­bunal yes­ter­day about set­tle­ment agree­ments the busi­nesses had en­tered into for col­lu­sion of­fences, re­ported he had been ap­proached “by a fool” last week want­ing a cover quote. Peter Braute­seth from Joel Trans­port said cover ten­der­ing in the re­movals in­dus­try was “sort of a nor­mal prac­tice”. Cover pric­ing in­volves cre­at­ing the il­lu­sion of com­pe­ti­tion by get­ting some firms to sub­mit non­com­pet­i­tive bids to en­able a fel­low car­tel mem­ber to win a ten­der. The tri­bunal was hear­ing set­tle­ment agree­ments re­lated to col­lu­sion by Matthee Fur­ni­ture Re­movals; De Wet Hu­man Trans­port, trad­ing as Vik­ing Trans­port; Su­per­doc Thir­teen, trad­ing as Low Line Fur­ni­ture Re­movals; Trans­freight In­ter­na­tional; JH Retief Trans­port and Joel Trans­port.

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